Sometime back, I faced an odious task of ensuring that all the cars at our workplace got OBD 2 scan tool fittings. It was a new requirement and given the fact that I was assigned the job, I had to do it.
My knowledge of these tools was as scanty as the rest of the users whom I met online. However, on the various shopping platforms I visited, I realized that the only thing that could guide me well were the opinions of the former users.
That is how I came into contact with Autel MD802 Full System Scanner.
What makes the Autel MD802 worth buying?
From the user accounts and on my own user experience, there are some notable points about this OBD 2 tool that impressed me;
By using the tool, I was able to perform all the functions of clearing and reading codes as anticipated. I additionally liked the fact that the device came with the anti-lock braking system (ABS) which I found to ensure that all the car users remain safe.
While shopping, the lucrative warranty make me impressive, which I admit has not disappointed in the few months the tools have been in use. The manufacturer has been responsive to all our claims. The most notable area was in the field of updates which our mechanics can now get conveniently online.
The biggest problem with the mechanical section at our workplace was to get something that could turn off the engine light error code. In spite of others in use, they could not.
However, by installing this tool, all cars were able to be rid of the problem with the live data reading function and the ability to give the user’s freeze frame data for reference.
From the face of it, anyone would take this as another of the simple code readers. However, I can confirm that this tool comes with the power that you may not see on some of the devices in the market. Take the LCD screen that enables better reading and the presence of an SD card as some cases that improve its overall efficiency.
The first thing I noted was that most of the vehicles at our workplace are European models. I needed a comprehensive tool, and I’m glad I got this device with its extensive coverage of both Asian and European car brands.
The unfortunate Cons of Autel MD802
The glowing tribute by the users notwithstanding, the device has some of the following weaknesses that any user can notice;
Though we have not used it for the full warranty period, the method always reminds the technicians that its free updates are limited to the one year of use. We are worried but hoping that it will update forever.
The choice should not be only based on the cost but should be all encompassing. While choosing the various OBD 2 tools in the market is not easy, getting one that will work is even harder. Because of this reason, checking around the different reviews from former users is the most recommended way to go.
Most users would prefer to go it alone assuming that they know it all. I would have failed in the given task if I had gone that route. OBD 2 scan tools go beyond what you see on the package and so may require an expert opinion. It is better one gets comprehensive information before any purchase.